Contact: Allison Griffin
Public Relations Associate

August 27, 2007



Portland, Ore. … Legendary classical pianist Van Cliburn returns to Portland for a special one-night-only performance with music director Carlos Kalmar and the Oregon Symphony on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Limited seating is still available. The concert is generously sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Van Cliburn will perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, the piece that earned him worldwide recognition when he won the first International Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto Competition in Russian in 1958 at the age of 23. He was dubbed “The Texan Who Conquered Russia” for securing the prize at the height of the Cold War and transcending politics by demonstrating the universality of classical music. In fact, he later received the Order of Friendship from President Vladimir Putin in recognition for his vast contributions to promoting friendship and cultural cooperation between Russia and the U.S.

Following the competition RCA Victor signed him to an exclusive contract, and his recording of the Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 became the first classical album to sell a million copies. In 2001, Cliburn was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame and was also presented with a Kennedy Center Honors Medallion.  

The Symphony program also includes Tchaikovsky’s Suite No. 4, “Mozartiana” and Francesca da Rimini.

Remaining tickets start at $45 and may be purchased at the Oregon Symphony Ticket Office, located at 923 S.W. Washington.  Ticket office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased anytime online at or charged by phone at (503) 228-1353 or (800) 228-7343, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Discounted tickets for groups of 10 or more are available through the group sales hotline at (503) 416-6380.

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